Saturday, January 2, 2010

Something from Somewhere about Someone or Somebody.

An obit of economist Paul Samuelson,regarding former pupil (and ex-Ayn Rand devotee) Milton Friedman: "You can take the boy out of the cult, but you can't take the cult out of the boy."
And they say scientists can't be funny--au contraire! In fact, Benny Hill was an MIT drop-out. In an interview from 2001, Samuelson recalled him fondly: "He was a very promising candidate, and his idea of employing 20th century topologies as a tool to incorporate human behavior into an all-embracing theory of market dynamnics and sociology seemed at one time to hold great promise, but his dissertation was never completed. Turned out the old chap was actually just sitting in his office for days on end, drawing nipples in the margins of academic journals and making obscene phone calls to Vassar.

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